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Carlsbad Unified School District is a highly rated, public school district located in Carlsbad, CA. It has 11,049 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 28 to 1. According to state test scores, 63% of students are at least proficient in math and 74% in reading.
Address
6225 El Camino Real
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Telephone
(760) 331-5000

Carlsbad Unified School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
74%
Percent Proficient - Math
63%
Average Graduation Rate
94%
Average SAT
1250
518 responses
Average ACT
28
287 responses

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
11,049
Free or Reduced Lunch
19.7%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
28:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$81,140
Teachers in First/Second Year
2.8%

Finances

Total Expenses
$137,689,000
Expenses Per Student
$10,178/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    61%
  • Support Services
    36%
  • Other
    3%

Carlsbad Unified School District Reviews

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The two high schools in the district offer phenomenal options depending on what the student enjoys. Carlsbad High School is far more established than Sage Creek, so many of their sports, arts, and elective programs are well run. Some of their teams are the best in the state or even nationally ranked. Sage Creek High School is far newer and its programs are still being fleshed out; however, the quality of education that is received is far above that from any other school. The courses offered in engineering and the biomedical field are hard to beat or find at another school, truly preparing interested students for what working in that field would be like. Beyond that, the trimester system places emphasis on the academic classes. The combination of these two schools means that the needs of almost every student is met. However, neither schools is perfect. Carlsbad’s classes are far too large for individual attention and Sage Creek’s ASB fails to connect with students.
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With the recent opening of Sage Creek High School, Carlsbad Unified has been doing amazing work. Tailoring to the needs of individual students in terms of financial and academic assistance, and making sure the best teachers are instated at a modernized campus has produced a fantastic new school. Sage Creek is a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) school, but there is also an importance placed on arts and theater, with sports opportunities available as well for the student who enjoys variety. The curriculum is such that an involved student is more than ready for college.
Moving to Carlsbad from Riverside, California, I believe that Carlsbad Unified School District was the better choice in education. They offer a wide variety of classes, and they always make sure that students are caught up in curriculum. The school also offers plenty of resources for colleges, financial aid, and counseling. One thing I really like about Carlsbad is that it's an all-inclusive school. No matter what religion, gender, race, or sexuality, they will accommodate you. They really prepared me for college, especially with AP courses. Students have many options to choose from, whether its biology, psychology, english, or computer science.